We work as ecotourism guides (as well as biologist and boat captain) often on the BC Coast, but also as far ranging as the Arctic and Antarctic. We have an insatiable curiousity for the planet; all its hidden gems and what makes them tick. That and our love of sailing is what inspired us to sail around the Pacific in Narama, our tough and pretty little sailboat.
When you think you are almost there, something always pops up.Like all of us who are ageing, we need a little more TLC as time goes by.Narama soon to hit the big 40 years is no exception.In fact it was during that TLC we were giving her that I found the hairline crack in the baby stay fitting.Until the stainless steel was nicely polished the crack was invisible. In the photo I have widened it with a little leverage, not something I should have been able to do by hand.So what would have happened had I not seen it and it broke at sea?Well at best we would see it go and re-secure it in some fashion after reducing sail quickly.At worst I guess we could lose the mast if we were really pounding or sailing hard.Moral of the story is there is more to brasso than vanity! Any way, I am off to the welders.